Tributes paid to brave cancer victim

TRIBUTES have been paid to a "remarkable" mother-of-two who has died of cancer aged just 33.Brave Natasha Roberts, known as Tash to her family and friends, died at her home in Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, with her husband, Ian, by her side.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a "remarkable" mother-of-two who has died of cancer aged just 33.

Brave Natasha Roberts, known as Tash to her family and friends, died at her home in Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, with her husband, Ian, by her side.

Last night, Mr Roberts and his wife's parents, Tricia and Robert Relton, said Mrs Roberts was the best wife, daughter, and mother anyone could wish for, and was an inspiration to everyone she met.

"She was a very special woman, and she touched so many lives," said Mr Roberts, 35.


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"She always had a smile for everyone and she was just such a happy, bubbly person."

Mrs Roberts discovered she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in April 2004. Various treatments, including chemotherapy, seemed to be working, but in February this year doctors discovered a tumour in her brain. She died on April 26.

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More than 150 people attended her funeral service earlier this month, each carrying a single yellow rose, at the request of Mrs Roberts, who made all the arrangements herself before she died.

Mrs Roberts, who chose the ballads If I Could Turn Back Time by R Kelly and Another Day by Lemar to play during the service, has now been buried with her first child, Kieran, who was still-born five years ago.

"We talked about it before Tash died, and it was what she wanted," said Mr Roberts, a serviceman from RAF Honington.

"She was such a strong person, and she didn't let the fact she had cancer change her life in any way.

"She had such determination, and I miss her so much but I have such wonderful memories of the time we had together."

After Kieran died, Mr and Mrs Roberts, who married nine years ago, had two more sons together, Josh, four, and three-year-old Luke. Mrs Roberts has one brother, Scott, who lives in Ipswich.

Mrs Relton, who lives in Mildenhall, said: "The boy's were what kept Tash going, and she seemed to cope with the situation better than anyone else could.

"I used to feel humble because there were times when I thought I would just break down but she always picked me back up again.

"She was always laughing and joking with everyone around her, and she was just so determined to fight the disease.

"Towards the end she knew what was going to happen to her, and it was me who was unable to accept it.

"Every mother wants to see her children grow up, and Tash's family was the most important thing to her, but a part of her will live on in her two sons."

Mrs Roberts' best friend and neighbour, Sharon Brew-Butler, said: "She was such an incredible person. She was like a sister to me and she will be missed by so many people."

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